Karla’s story: LASIK is 'absolutely life-changing’

Monday, December 9, 2019

By: Alysha Schertz

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Karla Kabara has been wearing glasses or contacts ever since she can remember. That changed last November after having LASIK surgery done by Dr. Larry Meyer, an ophthalmologist at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists.


“Once I made the decision to move forward, it was the best decision I ever made,” says Karla, who is in her early 30s.


Getting LASIK was always something Karla knew she wanted but she kept putting it off.


BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists offers LASIK that is customized for each patient.


During the procedure, one laser creates a flap in the cornea, folding back a small portion of the cornea’s top layer. Then a second laser reshapes the inner cornea. Once that’s done, the flap is folded back and locks into place.


Reshaping the cornea improves a patient’s vision.


Karla, who lives in Green Bay, says her vision “was quite bad” before the procedure.


Once she’d take out her contacts, she couldn’t see at all. Plus wearing glasses at night, especially with young children, was simply not convenient, she says.  


When she started looking at where to go for the LASIK procedure, Meyer and BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists kept coming up.


“When you can get a recommendation from somebody that had a good experience it’s usually your best bet,” she says.


Karla has a neighbor who works at Aurora BayCare Health Center, the same building where BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists is located.


“(My neighbor) had several colleagues that had seen Dr. Meyer, so (for me), it was a no-brainer,” she says. “When somebody who works there goes there, you know you’re going to have a good experience.”


Karla had LASIK surgery on an afternoon in November 2018.


“I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Meyer and his staff,” she says. “I had a good experience from beginning to end. They are very comforting, and they take time to listen to you and answer your questions… they are fantastic.”


There wasn’t any pain during or after the procedure, Karla says. There was some discomfort, but she went home immediately after the procedure to rest.


“The recovery period was very quick,” Karla says.


She could “see by dinner time.”


Karla went to sleep that night wearing goggles to protect against injury. She had a follow-up appointment at 8 a.m. the next day.


“I had a ride for that appointment, but honestly I could have driven myself,” she says. “I came in, and my vision was 20/15 the very next morning. Which is absolutely amazing. It still, to this day, amazes me.”


Life after LASIK is easier, Karla says.  She’s free from the confines of glasses and contacts.


“It’s the best money I’ve ever spent on myself and I should not have waited as long as I did,” Karla says. “… it’s amazing and absolutely life-changing.”


Dr. Larry Meyer is an ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained corneal specialist and refractive surgeon with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists. He sees patients in Green Bay and Marinette. Request an appointment online or by calling 920-327-7000 in Green Bay or 715-732-4181 in Marinette.

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